Cuba’s Catholic Church may restrict rare forum for open debate

By Reuters Staff
June 17, 2014
(Police stand in the shade near Havana's 18th century Cathedral June 14, 2010. Vatican Foreign Minister Dominque Mamberti will visit Cuba this week at a time when the Catholic church is flexing its political muscle and calling for change on the communist-led island. His five-day visit, which starts on Tuesday, follows the release of one of Cuba's estimated 190 political prisoners and the transfer of 12 others to jails closer to their homes in moves requested by church leaders. A mass will be celebrated at the cathedral during Mamberti's visit. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan)

(Police stand in the shade near Havana’s 18th century Cathedral June 14, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan)

Iranian veil site gets half million ‘likes’ and state TV rebuke

June 17, 2014
(Observing Islamic Veil is the Law on Our Country - Poster in Restaurant of Abbasian Historical House - Kashan - Central Iran)

(“Observing Islamic veil is the law on Our country “- a poster in a restaurant in Kashan, central Iran, 26 June 2012/Adam Jones)

Competing halal standards leave global food industry with indigestion

By Reuters Staff
June 16, 2014
(Cadbury chocolate products are is seen inside a shop in Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur June 11, 2014. The storm of bad publicity that hit confectioner Cadbury in Malaysia after its chocolates tested positive for traces of pork highlights the costly, religious minefield food companies must navigate as they rush to tap the surging $1 trillion global halal market. Picture taken June 11, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said )

(Cadbury chocolate products are is seen inside a shop in Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur June 11, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said )

Vatican acts to protect Michelangelo frescoes as Sistine Chapel visitors swell

June 11, 2014
(Pope Benedict XVI leads a special meeting with artists in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican November 21, 2009. Pope Benedict meets up to 500 artists from around the world, as part of efforts to turn the page on the Vatican's sometimes conflicted relationship with the contemporary art world. Picture taken with fish-eye lens. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

(Pope Benedict XVI leads a special meeting with artists in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican November 21, 2009. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Thousands raid South Korea church in futile search for ferry family boss

By Reuters Staff
June 11, 2014
(A mourner cries as she pays tribute, at a temporary memorial altar for victims of the capsized passenger ship Sewol, in Ansan April 26, 2014. The Sewol ferry sank on April 16 on a routine trip south from the port of Incheon to the traditional holiday island of Jeju. More than 300 people, most of them students and teachers from one high school on a field trip, have died or are missing and presumed dead. REUTERS/Issei Kato)

(A mourner cries as she pays tribute, at a temporary memorial altar for victims of the capsized passenger ship Sewol, in Ansan April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato)

Child graves prompt Irish to ask why so many babies died in Catholic Church care

By Reuters Staff
June 10, 2014
(The entrance to the site of a mass grave of hundreds of children who died in the former Bons Secours home for unmarried mothers is seen in Tuam, County Galway June 4, 2014. Local residents on Tuesday said they hoped a campaign is making headway to commemorate the unmarked mass grave of nearly 800 babies found in Tuam. The infants were buried without coffins in the grounds of a former home for unmarried mothers between 1925 and 1961. A total of 796 babies toddlers and children were buried in this mass grave. Death records show the children died from malnutrition and infectious disease. REUTERS/Stringer )

(The entrance to the site of a mass grave of hundreds of children who died in the former Bons Secours home for unmarried mothers is seen in Tuam, County Galway June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer )

Prominent N.Y. church picks woman as pastor for first time in its history

By Reuters Staff
June 10, 2014
(The casket carrying the remains of Gordon Parks lies at the altar in a packed Riverside Church in New York March 14, 2006, during Parks' funeral service. Parks, the pioneering black photographer and filmmaker who explored the African-American experience in his work, including landmark movies "The Learning Tree" and "Shaft," died on March 7 at the age of 93. REUTERS/Mike Segar)

( Riverside Church in New York March 14, 2006. REUTERS/Mike Segar)

New York’s Riverside Church, one of the best-known liberal Protestant congregations in the United States, selected a woman to lead it for the first time in its 84-year history, the church said on Monday.

Egypt bans unlicensed preachers and tightens grip on mosques

By Reuters Staff
June 10, 2014
(Saudi preacher Mohamed al-Eraify speaks during Friday prayers in Amr Bin Aaas mosque in Cairo June 14, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany )

(Saudi preacher Mohamed al-Eraify speaks during Friday prayers in Amr Bin Aaas mosque in Cairo June 14, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany )

Protests erupt over new Emir of Kano, Nigeria’s second-highest Islamic authority

By Reuters Staff
June 10, 2014
(Nigeria's central bank governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi attends an interview with Reuters at the World Islamic Economic Forum in London October 30, 2013. Nigeria's central bank now wants inflation in a range between 6-9 percent, its governor Sanusi told Reuters on Wednesday, lowering the regulator's previous target of simply keeping it under 10 percent. To match Interview NIGERIA-INFLATION/ REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)

(Nigeria’s former central bank governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi at the World Islamic Economic Forum in London October 30, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)

France’s Marine Le Pen rebukes her father in new anti-Semitism row

By Reuters Staff
June 9, 2014
(France's far right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen hugs her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, France's National Front political party founder, during a campaign rally before the European Parliament elections in Marseille May 20, 2014.  REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier )

(France’s National Front party leader Marine Le Pen hugs her father Jean-Marie Le Pen at a campaign rally before the European Parliament elections in Marseille May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier)